Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All For A Story by Allison Pittman Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Monica Brisbane loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away--and find fodder for her next article. But when the owner of the "Capitol Chatter" newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job, and the lifestyle she loves. Max Moore may hold the title of editor-in-chief for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson's paper, "The Bridal Call," but Aimee calls all the shots. So when Max learns that his uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, Max resigns and heads to D.C. Determined to take over the "Capitol Chatter," infuse it with his values, and turn it into a respectable paper, Max is soon bumping up against the equally determined Monica Brisbane.Under Max's direction, Monica embarks on her most challenging assignment yet: infiltrating and reporting on the Anti-Flirt Society. Though reluctant at first, as Monica meets and mingles with the young women of the club, she begins to question the innocence of her flirtatious lifestyle. And when romance begins to blossom between Max and Monica, she must choose where her loyalties lie: with the young women of the society or the alluring pull of the speakeasy and its inhabitants."

Oy! We have an oldie book! All For A Story is a Christian, Historical Fiction, and New Adult to Adult book. But truly, it's not Monica who's a true Christian. It's Max Moore. 

All For A Story doesn't give me a thrill like so many other books despite the fact that the ever so thirsty gossip, Monica Brisbane, hangs out in clubs with mobsters and gangsters. It's still pretty good considering that I read the entire book, without considering abandoning it. (Yeah, I have an incredible will to do things. *Roll eyes*) 

I like the writing in the book because it's quite attractive and keeps me interested in the story. I feel that there's still something quite missing in the book. Maybe some other piece of information, the author is holding back? Or perhaps it's just a fidget of my imagination? Or maybe it's the plot. The plot is slow paced, just slow enough that you'll understand the story, but too slow for the events to get the blood flowing. Or maybe it's because of the characters? (Ha! The characters are definitely holding something back. Both of them are, Max and Monica). 

Let's talk about Max Moore. That guy's a piece of something. Something is hot and hunky. I swear, Max is probably one of the reasons I keep reading. He's ambitious, wanting to turn Capitol Chatter into a "normal paper". (Please, how many "normal" newspapers are out there in the world. There's always a few criticizing the government. A little gossip trash isn't going to harm anyone, unless it's true of course. I never believe the tabloid magazines.) What else about this guy? Max really likes change, only if it is going towards his ideals (who isn't like that?). I don't really see a big change in his character for Max. Oh, yeah, he's definitely holding a secret back. Not a very shameless one though. 

Monica Brisbane is a shameless flirt who isn't afraid of becoming a modern girl. She flirts. She gossips (like old ladies). She drinks. She goes to bars. She winks. And she flirts in a funeral. (My new best friend!) What about her ambitions? Well, she's smart and funny. She won't stop until she gets what she truly wants. She has the most amazing character development throughout All For A Story. 

The ending of All For A Story is a complete wreck. I'm left open-mouthed, jaw on the floor by how completely nuts the author is because of how she left the ending. I wouldn't even call that an end! That's a hint-hint. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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